Dear member/former member
It has been a really difficult start to the year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, so I hope you and your family have managed to stay safe and well.
The virus outbreak is reported to be levelling off, and government is considering how to ease the current lockdown in a staged and safe way. As I’m sure you are aware the Welsh Government has taken a different approach to the UK Government’s overall strategy in the first round of easing restrictions, and it is still not possible to travel to take exercise in Wales, unlike in England.
As a sailing club we are very keen to return to sailing as soon as possible, but in a safe way which does not place members at any additional risk. We have therefore formed a COVID-19 sub-group to review our risk assessments and to plan how we might resume activity once government guidance allows this. The sub-group will report to the Committee and we will keep you informed as soon as we have any news.
Opening up sailing will require all members to act carefully and responsibly, in accordance with the guidance that the Club will publish. It is likely that activities will be introduced in a very limited form to start with, and extension of activities at the Club will only follow if there is compliance with the guidance from members. It is also possible that we may have to restrict activities once again if there is a second wave of COVID-19 infection.
At present there is NO ACCESS to the Llyn Brenig estate as a result of action taken by our landlords Dŵr Cymru. We will be liaising with Dŵr Cymru over their plans to reopen the estate, and we will discuss our risk assessments with them over the next couple of weeks, to ensure they are confident about the actions we are proposing to take.
Some members may be concerned about safety and security of buildings, boats and other equipment at the Club during the lockdown. We will have a report from inspection of the facilities shortly, courtesy of Dŵr Cymru, and we will get back to you shortly when we have reassurance from that visit.
Finally, members will also be concerned about the financial implications of membership fees paid whilst there is no access to sailing. This is an issue that will be considered by the Committee in order to make sure that the fees paid by members are fair. The Committee is also making sure that we apply for any sources of funding that are made available to support sports clubs in this period.